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La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus) - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus)

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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 14
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Quaffer on 09-24-2000

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Photo of Cs1987
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Light amber, 1 finger of head in a goblet.

Smell - Sweet, fruity and spicy.

Taste - Spicy, but not quite as complex or strong as the best Belgian Pale Ales.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, low carbonation.

Drinkability - Just a little harder going than most BPAs.

Overall - Falls a little short of the best BPAs.

Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to RomanW70 for the opportunity to try this one. Served in a standard pint glass. Poured a cloudy amber from a caged/corked bottle. Off-white head left behind some light, sticky lacing during the tasting. Scents of green apple, pear and alcohol. Taste consistent with nose but flavor profile, combined with mouthfeel, made this brew seem closer to a lightly carbonated aperitif/cordial, than a beer. Mildly effervescent mouthfeel fell somewhere between light- and medium-bodied. Finish was more dry than sweet. Drinkability is fair, but this one is not for everyday consumption; well worth a try though, in my opinion.

Photo of dsa7783
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent all-around brew... As one of the Trappist Beers, this is definitely world-class stuff... top-notch with a superb appearance... cloudy, hazy, with a foamy, frothy head with some staying power... smell is complete with bright, fresh fruits and a sweet, caramel taste that bursts through and truly satisfies... slight carbonation visible behind a warming palate of floral, sweet, candied goodness... goes down as smooth as water with excellent mouthfeel and easy drinkability for a 6.5% ABV... no alcohol detected at all... light, cotton-candy flavor with a wonderful aftertaste... no bitterness present... all sugar and sweet malts... Defintely recommended...

Photo of BarryNL
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber colour with a slight haze. Pours with a fluffy white head which quickly disappears leaving only a slight foaming.

S: Earthy, candy sugar, honey. Typical trappist yeast aromas.

T: Slight honey and pear drop notes. Some breakfast cereal in the aftertaste - little hop detectable. Smooth alcohol notes, but a bit too much CO2 twang and a bit thin.

M: As with the taste, a bit too thin and too bubbly.

D: Light and drinkable.

Photo of rodenbach99
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bouteille brune de 11.2oz, bue dans un verre Chimay

belle couleur ambrée tirant sur le orangée pale, la mousse blanche et mince disparait très rapidement, nez d'épices agréable, la bouche est épicée, piquante, très longue et bonne. j'aime le petit coté agressant en bouche.

Photo of becktone
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Eye: The color is a very dirty dark golden brown. Head is very creamy, is an off white color, has great retention and lacing. Maybe if it were clearer its appeal would be much greater.

Nose: One of the most potent brews that I've had in a long, long time. Even before the beer is out of the bottle and in the glass its aroma wafts up to my nose. The aroma is very sweet malty smell with little to no hop aroma. The closest association I can make with this aroma is bubblegum, though this is much better and more pleasant then bubblegum. Other than that hard to describe, a bit of the classic "Duvel" aroma in there, just there small but enough to convince you, were you unaware, that this is a very similar, if not the same style.

Tongue: Great flavor, very sweet and extremely long lasting. Malt obviously dominates the flavor, with an exception to yeast fermentation characteristics. I also detect some very fruity flavors, can't put a finger on what they are though, and definitely vanilla too. Initially I find this to be a bit too sweet, almost cloyingly-ehh the flavor profile isn't all that great, I mean its just a bit too sweet/or there's something to it that just tells me that this is one that you have to enjoy over a very long amount of time. Mayhaps its the vanilla flavor that I dislike so....

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: For a Belgian Pale Ale this is definitely fuller in mouthfeel than I expected. Almost velvet-like, very nice. Alcohol is somewhat detectable, felt a bit of warmth as I was taking as sip, just there in the aftertaste, where vanilla reigns. Would've liked something a bit more crisp and not quite so full in body. Usually I'd get off on a full body, but that coupled with lower carbonation just makes this low alcohol, sweet, and very unbalanced(as it should be-BPA, I mean supposed to be malty) ale not all that great in the mouth, a bit more carbonation would be nice as well. This is definitely one of the more unique Belgian Pale Ales I've had. I must say that this is one that I don't prefer over the others I've had. Though I am most likely comparing this brew to the likes of Duvel, it should still have a similar, yet toned down flavor...I just think that the almost cloying vanilla makes it hard to drink more than one of these in a sitting. All in all in my opinion this one is too cloying, I mean I got this with a gift set which included a goblet, goblets are for deep sips...I try that with this and almost gag because I find it too cloying. I'll most likely not purchase this brew again.

Photo of oelergud
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged.
Semitransparent copper golden body with a slightly orange tinted off-white butte head, creamy outer half and rocky medium bubbled center. Good retention and great clumpy lace.
Sweet tart fruity smell, fresh and inviting. Green apple and sour cherry. Butter, wheat and abit of spice as it warms.
Tart and sweet fruit flavors, quite strong and very delicious. Spice and malts are really coming to life and carries with them the slightly raw hop character that will not be subdued. The aftertaste is of medium length, very well balanced and pleasant.
Full body, good coating and just a little slick with abit of residual sugars.
This is a very drinkable belgium, moderate abv and a fresh taste keeps the interest peaked.


Photo of Kulrak
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orangish gold color with a minimum of bubbly head that fades away rather quickly. Smells very floral and yeasty and sweet, not bad at all. Tastes very sweet as well, some fruitiness. a little passionfruit, a little apple/pear as well. The mouthfeel is very heavy, and also tingly on the tongue. Finishes very dry. Overall, it's a very drinkable belgian. Not the best belgian blond I've had, but not the worst either.

Photo of rallison
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a La Trappe labeled 33cl bottle.

Pours a cloudy golden color with a 1 finger white head that ends up dissipating (admittedly, this was poured a bit too cold, so that may be why). Smell is of Beglian yeast and a touch of wheat.

Taste is nice. Belgian yeast, wheat-y hops, well-spiced. Coriander and orange peel sort of flavors.

Mouthfeel is slightly sharp, with a medium body for the style. Drinkability is very good.

Recommended. A nice Belgian blond.

Photo of biegaman
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, no best before or production date found, at least 6 months in age.
Pours with an airy off white head. A clear but dark body, an unattractive hazed bronze colour. A simple aroma - yeast and Belgian malts. Some suggestion of spice and a slight cider like component. The alcohol, though not outright is suggested in both aroma and flavour. The mouthfeel is damp and quenching. A heavy malt base with very low bitterness. The flavour mimics the aroma - Belgian style yeast and bready malt bill. Distant hints of fruits (peach, apricot) and a little bubblegum taste as well as slight zesty note that last in the aftertaste. This is simple and quite forgettable in all regards, but it quickly grew on me...

Photo of walleye
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle corked and caged. poured medium honey with a off white smooth head that some nice lacing. aroma nice light fruits come out nicely with the hops and malts taking a close second, some sourness. nice full mouth feel smooth, a little syrupy Flavor floral oranges, malt, and some yeast spices like cloves and weak cinnamon. after coming in from mowing the grass in 80 degree s this was a nice refreshing beer to have.

Photo of Stephen63
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Appealing orange coloured body but with very weak head. This is a rarity, a non bottle-conditioned trappist.

S - Wheaty, malty character that is quite pleasant.

T - A little thin but maltiness dominates.

M - Sharpish but not too fizzy.

D - Found this one went down very well but would not really be looking for another.

On the whole this is fairly bland when considering other trappist beers. Not a patch on the dubbel from La Trappe. Bit underwhelmed by this.

Photo of Gmann
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. A slighty hazy copper color with an average off white head that left some spotty lacing on the side. The smell is almost non-existent. Disappointing for a trappist. The taste is similar to that of fizzy apple juice, not much in the way of Belgian spiciness/funkiness. The feel is light and crisp but not watery, finishes very dry for the style. A decent drinker but not any better than Leffe. Worth a try but won't seek out again.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.7/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown 330ml bottle, with a completelty different label to the picutre shown, best before May 2009, drank March 2007.

Poured into my 'Forbidden Fruit' chalice glass, just to make it feel at home! It hissed as it fell into the glass and the head just vanished, it wasn't at home at all, was it?

Orange, tangarine in colour, not a true blond, even though that is what it says on the label, terracotta is the nearest colour for me. No head at all, hence the low score.

Very poor on the aroma front too, a bit of yeast with a hint of barley and hops.

Nothing to excite here either, bog standard, fizzy with a pleasant alcohol kick, but no flavours to talk about, toffee apples at a push.

A slight alcohol aftertaste, with citrus fruits arriving later, but still poor for a Trappist beer.

Sadly, I have to report this is the worst Trappist beer I have ever had, and I've had almost them all. I have another which I will stash away, but this is not what I wanted, or expected.

Photo of dren
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured more of a dark pale than a blonde with a nice head that left lacing on the side of the glass. Right when I cracked open the bottle I got a hint of caramel but that left leaving a spicey sweet smell. Tastes like sweet apple juice slightly spiced with cloves, then the cloves take over and the beer finishes bitter. Not very full, this feels thin after the first rush of sweetness. A hint of alcohol in the back that warms, but is thinner than expected. Really, this beer was a let down. I love their quad but this is just so/so. I'd drink it again if given to me but I wouldn't go hunting for it.

Photo of geexploitation
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours darker than expected, less blond than amber, although on the light side of that. Frothy white head that leaves nice, chunky lacing on the sides of the glass. Very phenolic aroma with tons of banana notes and cloves. The palate is very sweet, too much so really, and features a creamy clove flavor that is a bit off-putting. A substantial bitter edge comes up at the finish and saves things somewhat, but overall this beer is just average for a Belgian blond -- it has little in the way of fresh fruit aromatics, the mouthfeel is too thick and heavy, but it's not terrible or anything. Just enh.

Photo of RBorsato
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed peach color with a wipy off-white head and subdued carbonation up the middle. Prominent yeasty spicy phenol aromas. Nice spicy and fruity flavors; nicely balanced and smooth; a bit smoother than it smells. Light-medium bodied with a light creaminess.

Fairly nice and fairly priced...

($4.99 / 25.4 oz. tall brown wine-like bottle, corked, and caged)

Photo of EPICAC
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at Trollekelder in Ghent.

Appearance: Pours a very lightly hazy golden-orange with a white head that thins to a persistent film.

Smell: Light Belgian yeast fruitiness with sour apple particularly noticeable. There's also some peppery notes.

Taste: Very light fruitiness upfront. The finish is a clean spiciness with a nice hoppy bitterness with some crisp graininess.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, light-bodied, lightly dry finish.

Drinkability: Solidly drinkable, good hoppiness.

Photo of Absumaster
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a orange bright color with a small head.

Smell is peachy and sweet, with a good malt and light caramalt base. The La Trappe yeast gives the typical fruity and flowery smell.

Taste is bitter and malty, with some stickiness which is moderate. The light caramalt gives the beer more body and mouthfeel is a little too thick for me. I also am not fond of this light caramalt taste. The bitterness is strange, rather a pilsener-like bitterness, not very hoppy or resinous, just straight forward bitter.

Photo of vancurly
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a large wine glass. Very bubbly, with rocky head. Pale amber / honey, with some yeast haze when finishing bottle.
S: Fruity esters, maybe pear, pineapple, kiwi fruit. Cara/crystal malts, floral hop.
F: Sweetish, perfumy esters, tropical fruit, touch of honeycomb, Very complex, with subtleties everywhere. Finishes semi-sweet, light bittereness, herbal aftertaste, light zing.
Lightly sweet, sour, & bitter.
M: Medium body, finishes richly.
O: Great beer, with a reasonably high ABV for a Blonde/BPA.

Photo of Regenpak
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer, poured from its criminal 30cl eurobottle, creates about 2 cm of head. Mostly small bubbles but some large ones. This slowly disappears into a thin, persistent layer with still some large bubbles still in it. It wants to be cold, served from the fridge it's at its best. The color is a nice clear amber, with lots of bubbles rising. Strangely enough these fail to make an impression in my mouth. There is not much smell, nor taste. It slightly resembles Weizenbier. The relatively low ABV (6.5%) makes the alcohol almost unnoticable. In its style a nice, unassuming beer.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle, poured into Watou chalices. Decent enough appearance, clear golden yellow with an oily ring of foam.

The smell is distinctive, the same aroma as the other limbs of La Trappe's family tree, probably closest to their Tripel. I like it.

The flavor is almost really good. But the alcohol flavor peeks out of the clouds too often for my tastes, and there's another solventy taste in there too, a flavor like liquid paper smells (not good). This keeps the flavor rating lower than the Tripel.

I recommend to skip this in favor of the Tripel.

Photo of Toddv29424
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is cloudy and considerably darker as the beer thickens in the wider part of the glass. The smell must be teased out, but is reminiscent of candied fruits and sweet bananas -- maybe a hint of grape.
I do not taste the sweetness everyone else is talking about, rather a more upfront robust taste in the middle of the tongue. There is, however, a lot of effervescing going on both in the glass but especially in the tongue. The first sips are a little "off-putting" but like most beers as you become accustomed to the taste it becomes a little too easy to swallow :)

Photo of Drew966
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Koningshoeven Blond pours a clear golden color with a small white head. Aroma is somewhat fruity, sort of grape like. Taste seems to start with a candy sugar type flavor then some fruit like tastes, as above kick in. Interesting, but not really my thing. Definitely worth a try though.

Photo of mdagnew
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from Grape Expectations, Ballyclare...

Poured a light coppery orange colour... Slightly off white head poured quite thick then faded quickly to very light covering... no real lacing...

Aroma - Very light toffee maltiness, spicy, peppery, juicy fruits (lemons, oranges, some grapefruits), faint honey sweetness...

Taste – Nice spicy hop bitterness, light toffee sweetness, nutty, spicy fruits (bitter oranges, pears, some apples), slight medicinal notes, floral honey hints... all a little lacking in depth...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry. Light body... Pretty refreshing and drinkable...

Overall - A good pale ale.... Maybe a little lacking in something but still worth a try...

La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
84 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.